FRANKLIN, Ky. (Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020) — One year after getting beat as the favorite in the Grade 3, $700,000 Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes, Imprimis rewarded those who retained the faith in him on Saturday as the Broken Vow gelding got up by a neck over Front Run the Fed to capture the 2020 edition of the race at Kentucky Downs.
The six-furlong Turf Sprint offered the winner a fees-paid spot in the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint (Grade 1) on Nov. 7 at Keeneland as part of the Breeders’ Cup Challenge Series’ “Win and You’re In” program.
The trip to Kentucky Downs for Imprimis represented just the second start of the year for the 6-year-old and his first win since taking the 2019 Grade 2 Shakertown Stakes. Though the record shows the dark bay gelding coming in off a loss in the Grade 3 Troy Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 8, he actually crossed the wire first by 2 ¼ lengths that day but was disqualified for interference and placed third.
“None of us were happy about it. I’d say 90 percent of the people, because they’re my friends or trying to make me feel better, they all thought we got a bad deal,” trainer Joe Orseno said. “But it is what it is. You can’t take the win away from the horse. He ran his heart out off a 10-month layoff. Went up there and won that. We’re going to get to our goal, that’s the Breeders’ Cup. He loves Keeneland. So we’re pretty excited.”
That big run Imprimis put in at Saratoga was his first start since running sixth in the last year’s Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, and it served a warning for the kind of form he would bring to Franklin, Ky.